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Author Lopate, Phillip, 1943-

Title Seaport : New York's vanished waterfront : photographs from the Edwin Levick Collection / text by Phillip Lopate.

Published Washington, DC : Smithsonian Books ; Newport News, VA : In association with the Mariners' Museum, 2004.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  974.710410222 LOPA    AVAILABLE
Physical description ix, 180 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm
Contents Port of New York in Its Heyday / Phillip Lopate 1 -- Photographs from the Edwin Levick Collection 38.
Summary By the end of the nineteenth century, the Port of New York was the center of a huge global maritime enterprise -- a waterfront colossus astride Manhattan that encompassed hundreds of miles of piers and shore facilities. Through this hub passed vessels and cargoes of every description. For much of the first half of the twentieth century, America's seaborne commerce with Europe and Central and South America converged here. Cargoes ranging from bananas, lumber, and munitions to immigrants, livestock, and codfish mingled in a maritime bazaar where an enterprising eye could discern every imaginable type of seafaring operation. In this busiest port in the world, merchant vessels, passenger liners, and warships mingled with tugs, wooden fishing boats, barges, and yachts. New York City would continue its headlong development into the world's great financial center, but by 1960 maritime New York had all but vanished, eclipsed by more efficient port operations elsewhere and outflanked by truckers and rail enterprises. Seaport: New York's Vanished Waterfront ensures that the erstwhile Port of New York will never be forgotten.
During the port's halcyon days from the late 1880s to the early 1930s, a small cadre of commercial photographers documented the dynamic social, economic, and political forces in the wharves, waterways, and waterfront markets. These pragmatic but talented photographers included the British emigre Edwin Levick and Percy Loomis Sperr, who haunted the docks and their environs and photographed the gritty and sometimes glamorous life they found there. Their photographs capture the seasoned sailors and fishermen, international traders and muscled longshoremen, yachters and barge brats who shaped and shared New York's waterfront world. Phillip Lopate, renowned essayist and lifelong taker of New York's pulse, shows us the port through the images of Levick, Sperr, and others as they strove to portray its fluid ensemble of people, ships, business bustle, daily tasks, and rare quiet moments -- all against the backdrop of a metropolis that was inexorably evolving beyond them. Many of these images, now in the Edwin Levick Collection at The Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Virginia, have never before been published. Seen at last in this volume, they bring to life a time when New York was the grandest seaport of them all.
Other author Edwin Levick Collection.
Mariners' Museum (Newport News, Va.)
Subject Waterfronts -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- Pictorial works.
Ships -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works.
New York (N.Y.) -- History -- 1898-1951 -- Pictorial works.
New York Harbor (N.Y. and N.J.) -- History -- 20th century -- Pictorial works.
ISBN 1588341631 (alk. paper)